Special Commission Aims To Announce Reforms For Columbus City Schools


A special commission designed to help improve the state of Columbus City Schools is preparing to announce a list of recommendations.

The Columbus Education Commission is expected to meet on Friday and vote on which recommendations it would like the district to implement.  

"Overall, our schools are not performing at the level it should be. They're not preparing kids for the future." said Eric Fingerhut, the director of the Columbus Education Commission.

The commission is expected to recommend the district develop an independent auditor to monitor the school's data and finances.
"The district is as large of an entity as the city of Columbus. It's complex and it needs good financial and performance management." Fingerhut told 10TV's Jason Frazer.

Fingerhut said the commission will also recommend giving school principals more power to control hiring, budgets and other decisions. The commission will also recommend the majority of students to have access to pre-k education by 2015.

"Every child needs a little bit of a structure a little bit of foundation to start off of." Said parent Chanie Scott.

The commission draft report also stated it wanted to ensure every child had access to a computer by 2015.

"A device plus online materials that are constantly updated can be cheaper than all of the textbooks that we buy," said Fingerhut.

The commission will vote on their recommendations Friday morning. It will be up to the Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman and the President of City Council Andrew Ginther what happens next.

You can see all of the proposed recommendations here: http://reimaginecolumbuseducation.org.

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